Gary Cruise’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Holy Mountain follows a corrupt, greed-fueled world where a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.
The above plot details were taken from IMDb, myself, I have absolutely no idea what just happened for the last hour and 54 minutes of my life. That was by far the most bizarre, surreal, hard to watch and over the top films I have ever seen in my life. Although it was hard to watch in many scenes, I also found myself not being able to look away from the symbolic imagery on screen. There were so many messages and so much commentary being thrown at the audience by writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky throughout the movie on so many different subjects. I found it hard to figure out what kind of message he was trying to put across with said commentary but I was still perfectly aware that it was present and what the subject of the commentary was; it’s certainly not subtle.
It’s hard to comment on the acting in this movie when every single character is used for the symbolism in the film like a walking piece of art in an art gallery focused mainly on surrealism. No one acts like they’re a normal functioning human being in this movie, there’s very little dialogue and each character becomes more strange as the film goes on. The costume designs and set pieces in this movie were all breathtaking. This is a gorgeous movie, the cinematography is just purely stunning and the soundtrack, whilst out of place at time, just adds to the magnificent and unique experience this movie gives its viewer. Judging by the filmmaking, this movie is a solid five out of five, however, due to the animal cruelty scenes I really can’t bring myself to giving it a full five star rating. Not just that, there is a certain uncomfortable you get from watching a film like this that makes you question whether you’ve actually enjoyed the film or not which in itself can be seen as a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.
Overall, The Holy Mountain is a work of art. Perhaps not a work of art I’d revisit again in the future but certainly a work of art that I’m glad I’ve witness. This is a very important movie that really does need to be seen at least once to appreciate its pure insanity and beauty.
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